"truly a benchmark of what the recorder can be"


After finishing his studies at several conservatories in Flanders with honours, Geert Van Gele went on to co-found the Flanders’ Recorder Quartet. For ten years he performed and recorded with the Quartet in Europe and both North- and South America, winning along the way several important international competitions. Since then he has pursued a solo-career, collaborating intensely with harpsichordist Guy Penson, lutenist Jurgen De bruyn and harpist Bill Taylor. He is a founding member of Sospiri Ardenti, an ensemble focusing on staged chamber music performances from the Baroque era, as well as Quadrivium, ensemble for Medieval music. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses. As a soloist he is admired as much for his interpretations of Bach and his performances of early Italian baroque music as for his mastery of contemporary recorder literature – all of which repertoires he has recorded on CD. In 2009 he founded the record label, Kattenberg Recordings. He considers himself a recorder player first of all, but also frequently performs on harpsichord with Sospiri Ardenti and Ellen Delahanty, organetto with Quadrivium, and bass guitar with Belgian rockband Oedipus. Geert is also connected to the folkband The Quest as a sound engineer.